At the heart of Hanover

“The Many Headed Monster” with Victoria Melody

A critical and practical workshop session on 23rd May investigating what is at stake for audiences today when they attend a live event.

  • Morning 11.00 to 1.00pm — Adults £10 (£8 Hanover residents)

Booking is essential – contact us or ring 01273 694873

The Many Headed Monster is another in our series of Brighton Festival workshops. It is an original and inventive performance lecture and workshop for anyone interested in contemporary performance practices and their relationships with audiences.

Across a range of artistic disciplines, artists are dealing with audiences in innovative and creative ways, placing the audience at the heart of their work. Contemporary culture is marked by the emancipation of the spectator and the transformation of the audience from passive recipient to active participant. The Many Headed Monster is a critical and practical workshop session investigating what is at stake for audiences today when they attend a live event.

Victoria Melody is a performer and filmmaker with a curiosity for other people’s passions. Part artist, part ethnographer she gives audiences brief glimpses into the worlds of people they would not normally meet or experience. Victoria immerses herself into their everyday lives, attempts to join their inner circle and examines national characteristics and international phenomena. What appears to be suburban or domestic can become something political or steeped in ritual.

From living with pigeon fanciers to learning Northern Soul dance moves, Victoria strives to preserve, celebrate and document cultural peculiarities. Her performances are based on observed behaviour, unexpected revelations and a sense of being adrift in other people’s environments.

Victoria is a curator, filmmaker and performer, showcasing Nationally and Internationally including Artsway, New Forest; Centre for Contemporary Art, Russia; Study Gallery, Poole and Arts Claims Impulse Gallery, Berlin. As part of a solo exhibition a publication entitled ‘Ventilation’ was commissioned by and available from Millais Gallery, Southampton. Victoria has performed, curated and worked with Station House Opera, Billy Cowie and ‘Supper Club’, The Basement, Brighton. She is supported by Arts Council England and The Basement.